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Three Tips On How To Become A Writer!

By Susie Busby

How To Become a A Writer

There are three fundamental things you must do if you want to become a writer.

Be A Reader

The first is, be a reader. You must enjoy reading, as reading will help you with your writing.

Read a wide variety of work. Include both non-fiction and fiction in your reading list so you get a feel of how the styles differ. Include newspapers, magazines, blogs and factual books as well as short stories and novels.

Try different authors. It’s tempting to read just your favourites. But challenge yourself to read authors that are new to you. Or try the classics. Even if you hated them at school they are always worth re-visiting after a few years to see if you’ve changed your mind.

But don’t just read for the sake of it. Make sure what you are reading is interesting to you or captures your imagination. If it bores you, analyse it to see why you find it boring, learn from your analysis for your own writing then move on to something else. Life’s too short to get stuck struggling through something you hate.

Write And Write And Write Some More

Secondly, to be a writer you need to write. It’s as simple as that. If you don’t put words together then you can’t call yourself a writer.

When not writing, writers will be thinking about what they are working on or will be looking out for ideas and tit bits they can use.

These days it’s easy to write where and when you find time – even on the move. Carry a note pad and pen around if you like, but most smart phones and tablets have a ‘notepad’ on them. You can then email your notes to yourself which is a great time-saver if you’ve done the first draft of a piece.

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“I began my first Writers Bureau course (Comprehensive Creative Writing) in 2007. Having more than covered the course fees from published pieces I have never looked back. Initially my ambitions were to get going. I knew I wanted to be a writer, I just didn’t know how to go about it, or, if I’m honest, quite what I wanted to write. Since, I have gradually blended a teaching career with writing, first with articles and short stories, then increasing the writing commitment dramatically when I secured an agent in 2016 to ghostwrite a series of memoirs. This year I have undertaken The Art of Writing Poetry course to really hone my skills in what I now realise is a genre I love - and have already had my first poems published.”

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